The best software for writers
The book is a result of hard work. Luckily there is some software on the market to make the job less arduous. Below is a list of some of the most commonly used software. Most of them are explicitly aimed at writing and organizing the book. No doubt most writers use Word or the Google Docs text editor. Being quite radical, it is even possible to use Notepad or VI (system analysts will understand). But, let’s agree if there is an application that has the same features of Word and some additional that make the writer’s life easier, why not use it?
In addition to these, there is other software, no less important, to help manage time and take notes, for example.
YWriter logo Easy to use, it divides the book into chapters and scenes. Helps to organize the characters and scenarios, besides allowing the inclusion of notes, images, comments.
Scrivener logo It is a writers word processor for writers. It treats the book as a project, allowing the author to see the whole and have access to everything at any time, without difficulties. It provides statistics of the text, including a list of the most used words, which assists in the “hunting” of tricks that every writer has. It allows to compile and save the text in almost any file format – PDF, epub, Mobi, up docs.
It’s an organizer of ideas. If you’re compulsive about annotations, and after doing them you have some difficulty in organizing them, this software is ideal. It allows you to relate and group not only texts but also images and documents.
Similar to yWriter, it helps the author to keep the story overview as he writes. The information is organized into tabs – characters, scenarios, scenes, main plot, parallels plots – that can be reached at any time and viewed in different ways. It generates various reports – appearances of a character, use of a certain scenario, among others. And because it is not file-based but database-driven, every change you make is automatically saved – a hand on the wheel for those who get excited about writing and forget about that “technical detail.”
It is an ebook publisher. It has a simple interface, offers necessary tooling for editing and organization of text structure, both in visual mode and directly in source code. Its main limitation is to work only with files in ePub format.
If you, the author, are fanatical about tables, you have to try out this software. Let’s say it’s an Excel with additives. It is not only aimed at writers but serves very well the various needs of these. According to the developer’s website:
“It’s like a spreadsheet, familiar, but much more suited to complex data because it’s hierarchical.
It’s like a mapper of ideas, but more organized and compact.
It’s like an outline but in more than one dimension.
It’s like a text editor, but structured. ”